Pastor who offered to ‘cure’ his colleague from being gay loses the legal case


A pastor and airport baggage handler who offered a “gay cure” to his colleague failed to prove in court that he had been discriminated against by religious beliefs. Colin Robert Houston, who worked as a baggage handler at Belfast International Airport, claimed that he was discriminated against as a Christian. He said he had experienced a number of discriminatory incidents over the refusal to hide his views. Houston’s contract with Swissport at the airport was not renewed last September, prompting him to take his case to an industrial tribunal which dismissed his claim in June. The tribunal said that Houston’s claim that a pink deodorant placed on top of his staff locker was harassment was “particularly paranoid and exaggerated”. Houston had alleged that the women’s deodorant was put there to target him because of his heterosexuality and his views on equal marriage, as the colour pink is associated with homosexuality.


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